It’s been over a dozen years since Joey Miller last raced at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN), but that won’t keep the Minnesota driver from heading south for the ARCA/CRA Super Series and Southern Super Series North/South Super Late Model Challenge this weekend. The 100-lap event brings the top drivers from both series to Tennessee to kick off racing in the Midwest.
“I’m hoping to knock the rust off and be competitive,” Miller told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “No high expectations, just excited to race there again.”
The tilt this weekend in Music City marks the start of the ARCA/CRA Super Series point season. While Miller won’t commit to running the entire schedule, he is committed to the first four races and then will “see what happens.”
Like a lot of drivers, he has his sights set on the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway at the end of May and plans to use the first four CRA races as a stepping stone to the monumental event.
“Bristol is the main race on my radar this season, so we decided to run the first four to try and lock into Bristol in case we don’t get in on time,” Miller explained. “I had planned to do Toledo, so it just made sense to add Nashville and Anderson. We will see how those four go if we will run more.”
The travel to the first four ARCA/CRA Super Series races will be the first significant traveling Miller has done for racing in a few years. He raced consistently at his home track of Elko Speedway (MN) and at his wife’s hometown track, Columbus Speedway (OH) last year. The veteran driver compiled half a dozen wins at the Columbus, Ohio race track.
Things have changed a bit since the last time Miller traveled competitively. Enter a wife and two kids, but the Minnesota driver says that makes it all the more fun.
“I’ve always loved to travel,” said Miller. “It’s going to be fun for my family and my kids. Last year we really enjoyed traveling to the Ohio races.”
Miller and the Super Late Models will be on track Friday for practice beginning at 4 p.m. CT. They are then back on track for final practice Saturday at 12 p.m. before qualifying for the North/South shootout at 3 p.m. The green flag will wave for the 100-lap event at 5:45 p.m. and fans of Miller can watch him race live on Speed51.com’s pay-per-view broadcast.
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @JWimm22
-Photo credit: Joey Miller Racing Facebook